Syria Newslinks 26-27 February 2012

27 February

Maybe updated as the day wears on…

Syrian conflict destabilizes Lebanon
World Socialist Web Site Today at 12:29
The conflict in Syria, where US-backed “rebels” are fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad, is exacerbating tensions in neighboring Lebanon.

Friends of Syria Meeting ‘Fails to Foster Dialogue’ – Russia
Russia Strategic Culture FoundationToday at 11:01

Syrian army shells northern towns
BBC NewsToday at 11:05 A Syrian military offensive is continuing in opposition-controlled areas of the north-western province of Idlib.

Kabul on razor’s edge
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
The killing of two high-ranking United States military officials in Kabul on Saturday and anti-American violence sweeping the country after US troops burned copies of the Koran elevate Afghanistan above Syria and Iran as the United States’ number one “hot spot”. Even after a White House apology and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s call for calm, the ground beneath American feet in the Hindu Kush is shifting dangerously. – M K Bhadrakumar (Feb 27, ’12)

China: US has no moral right to ‘protect’ Arabs Today at 06:52
China says the US has no right to “protect” Arab peoples, questioning “the sincerity and efficacy of US policy.” The country’s top newspaper replied to Hillary Clinton after she called China’s and Russia’s veto of a UN…

Turkish protesters condemn US anti-Syrian position
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 06:22

Syria: West Wants Government Overthrown, Democracy Or Not
Stop NATO Today at 02:08
What the West wants from Syria is not democracy but the overthrow of the regime so as to eliminate Iran’s influence over SyriaChina should stand by Russia and support the vote.

Putin On Libyan Scenario For Syria: We Will Set Up Coalition Of Concerned States, We Will Strike
Stop NATO Today at 01:50
U.S., other countries should not bypass UN SC by using military scenario in Syria

Empire Studio’s Syrian Sequel: Intervention, Reloaded
Stop NATO Today at 01:46
Intervention, Reloaded By Nebojsa Malic
Empire Studio’s Syrian Sequel
Syria is just like Kosovo, argued one interventionist two weeks ago, on the pages of the War Street Journal. According to Fouad Ajami, both involve a brutal dictator oppressing innocent civilians, and the Empire ought to act the same way, bypassing the U.N., and — to borrow a phrase from the late Richard Holbrooke — bombing for peace.

VIDEO: Plea for Syria press photographer

BBC News Yesterday at 20:47
As activists in Syria say as many as 45 people have been killed in fresh violence on the day the country votes on a new constitution, the family of wounded Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy is calling for him to be brought home.

Obama, “Friends of Syria” Press for Military Intervention Against Damascus Yesterday at 20:40 For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Syria: Rogue Elements Rampant Yesterday at 19:28
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Syrian constitution vote begins
Morning Star Yesterday at 17:24
Syrian citizens began voting on a new draft constitution today despite opposition calls for a boycott.

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